1: This guide is from guys who sell tables, so beware of hidden subliminal
messages (BuY bUy Buy) buried herein. J
2: If foosball is just a spinning toy to you, then you may not want
to buy from us and/or pay more than $300 for a table. BUT, please read
on, there are some important things to consider when shopping for any
the popularity of foosball tables on the rise, and lots
of manufacturers trying to get a piece of the market, it's increasingly
make a buying decision. "Full Size" tables in the US range in price from
$200 to $1500 for non coin operated tables. With the demand for foos tables
at a high, and supply being somewhat limited... you will see the SAME
high end brand/model of table vary in price by several hundred dollars.
Do a little research and make an informed buying decision. To that end,
we hope this guide will help...
- Did you know that
spinning of the rods is "illegal" in tounaments? Answer this question
first ... this will determine if you should shop at the low end of the
price range, or the high end.
- This is not an
issue if you are buying a toy/game for the kids. Save some money and
shop around the $2-400 range. Of course, if money is not the driving
factor, especially if you appreciate quality and/or want a really sharp
looking table... buy a premium table from us! J
- If you want to
develop the "skills" essential to the sport then you will want to look
for a table that has a consistent roll or surface, a table that has
a "round" ball that rolls true, a man/ball/surface combination that
lets you stop, pin and maneuver the ball. You need to shop the $600
and up range.
- Even if you don't
need a premium table now, for example if the table will just be used
as a toy for very young children, you still should seriously consider
it ... if you can afford the additional investment. First, the several
hundred dollars you'll spend on a "toy" table is not insignificant ...
yet all you really have is a big toy, it can never be anything more.
Second, children do grow up and can become amazingly skillful if they're
challenged - which a premium skill-based table will do. Third, you may
be surprised at the kind of draw a true skill-game table is for the
adults in the household (that would be you) ... as well as your neighbors,
friends, and relatives. And last, a premium table will stand up to endless
use (and abuse) ... and, if some part does fail, it's replaceable.
AGE OF FOOSERS
- For the kids only.
See spinning above, but note that there are 17 years of age and under
events on the pro tour, and there are kids in their early teens and
younger that compete in the open events - and WIN!
- For kids, a table
with adjustable height can be a big plus... the pro tables are set at
36" in height. A bit high for very short foosers. Several models (Shelti
Pro Foos, for example) can be adjusted a few inches.
- Adults or Big Kids,
College "kids", or lots of kids. You will definitely need to look for
a high quality cabinet. There are tables that will stand up very well
to high volume/abusive play (Yes, even in your college fraternity or
- Physical dimensions
of a full size foosball table. Length 56", Width 30".
- Don't forget that
the rods stick out on the sides, and players need room. Minimum suggested
playing area - 7 foot by 8 foot. That'll give you a little over a foot
at each end of the table and almost 3' on the sides for players in position.
For big kids, a little more room would be recommended.
- Appearance of
table - There are high end furniture grade tables that look sharp. You
can even order custom finishes of the table to match your decor.
QUALITY OF CABINET
- Especially on the
low end of the price scale, you will see a wide variety of construction
quality in the materials used and in the craftsmanship. Watch out for
some of the low end imported tables. Check the sturdiness of the table.
- Look at the surface,
is it flat? Can it be leveled? Check one-piece surfaces with ramps in
the corners. Some make for rather large "dead spots" in the table where
no playing figure can reach the ball. Others have weird rolls.
- Look at how the
side walls of the table are held together. Rough play will cause a lot
of banging of the side walls and if they are not held together in the
middle of the cabinet you could have them separate. Most low end tables
have "tie rods" that hold the sides of the tables together. Usually
just one in the center, and 2 on the ends. Higher end tables will have
brackets or hardware that run the length of the side wall to secure
the side wall to the often times much thicker surface.
- Thickness of the
sidewall. Thicker is typically better, but you will find exceptions.
Quality of construction and materials is perhaps equally important to
the thickness. Look for a true/straight sidewall. Bounce the rods off
of the sidewall, and press the rods against the sidewall to test for
- Thickness of the
playfield. Thicker is typically better. (Note: on thickness - the old
style "TS" tables had a somewhat flexible playfield that was key to
it's man/ball/ surface feel. This is no longer desirable since the "TS"
clones typically come with very poor quality balls. With newly designed
tables, the man design and ball compounds allow for an excellent man/ball/surface
feel, a consistent roll AND a more durable, thicker surface.)
- Keep in mind that
quality foosball tables retail for much higher prices in most traditional
stores. Buy from us on the Internet and chances are good that you might
get a pleasant surprise when you try to sell it locally. J
Happy Foosing "Now BuY
bUy Buy" Debbie & Jim J
- If you appreciate
foosball as a skill game and/or want a table that will last indefinitely
and be appreciated by players of any skill level, then you'll want to
shop the professional or competition rated models. They start in the
$600 price range but are well worth it since you'll have a table with
ball control capabilities that allow for development of passing and
shooting skills. Lesser tables will have limited play capabilities.
- Don't pay too much
for a middle of the road table that will not let you learn the skilled
style of play. If you want to sell a midrange table, your resale market
- If you do get
a recreation/entry level table and you get hooked, then be sure to contact
us when you are ready to move up to a more challenging model.